May 14, 2012
Ghandi, Mandela, & King.
In order to achieve what one wants, one must be able to use
manipulative power. People must have fear and demonstrated violence, for change to
be witnessed. Violence has always been the answer. Until three men challenged this
answer, and for once, achieved change with no violence. Mohandas Ghandi, Nelson
Mandela, and Martin Luther King all made non-violence work, with pure determination
towards their goals of equality and freedom.
In 1869 in Porbandar, India, Mohandas Ghandi was brought into this
world. He went through life smoothly, and in the age of 22, he got his degree in law.
Years went by and Ghandi saw European influence in India and noticed that European
rulers ruled India. Ghandi saw that in order “to be successful in the world the English
had built, Indians were expected to imitate their rulers”. Ghandi had wanted to have
people live free of all wealth, classes, and educational distinctions. On March of 1930,
Ghandi sent a letter to Lord Irwin, English governor in India, stating that he and many
others were planning on marching to break the English Salt Tax Law. Lord Irwin
showed no worry towards Ghandi’s letter, so Ghandi marched; this march was called
the Salt March. Ghandi was attempting to free India from British’s grasp. Many
historians labeled this event as the turning point of British control. In May of 1930,
many protesters prepared to march at the Dharasana Salt Works. Ghandi was
imprisoned when the march began to take shape. Before the march began, the
marchers were told to not resist the blows they were sure to receive from the
oppressors. Sure enough, as the harmless march proceeded, protesters began to hit
earth like rain. “The blankets used as stretchers were sodden with blood” (Document
G). In January, Ghandi was imprisoned, as well as many...